Between 2014 and 2015, The Urban Group's owner, Gewan 'Ken' Bharatlall, had six non-union workers perform construction related tasks such as demolition, masonry, carpentry, painting, and caulking. The company was awarded contracts to perform work on schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The defendants owner falsely certified that the defendant had paid the employees the required prevailing wages and overtime, but the defendant had paid the six employeses between $10 and $17 per hour without overtime compensation or benefits, instead of the mason tender rate of $62 to $63 per hour, totalling underpayment of wages of roughly $232,092.98. Additionally, the defendant hired 15 non-union day laborers in 2015 to perform construction-related work at various SCA job sites. Although the workers were performing construction-related tasks at the schools, they were only paid the standard rate of $31 to $38 per hour instead of the trade rate of $64 to $72 per hour, totalling underpayment of wages of roughly $71,317.99.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Vivian Young Joo
Incident Type: Wage Theft
Date: Jan. 2, 2014
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||The Urban Group
|The Urban Group
||Pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree (one count)
||Full restitution paid of $303,410.97 and sentenced to a conditional discharge. The company was debarred from city contracts for five years.
Penal Crimes: Grand Larceny in the Second Degree
Other Crimes: None